HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge intercepted a woman for alleged violations of immigration law. The Mexican citizen allegedly attempted to facilitate a Mexican child's entry into the United States without valid entry documents.
On Friday, July 5, 2013 at the Hidalgo International Bridge a 34-year-old female citizen of Mexico who resides in Houston, Texas and three-year-old child applied for admission to enter the United States. A CBP officer's primary inspection resulted in both being referred to CBP secondary for further inspection and review of entry documents presented by the adult. In passport control secondary CBP officers discovered that claims by the driver of the Astor Van that the child was hers and a U.S. citizen were false. CBP officers identified the child as a three-year-old Mexico citizen born in Arroyo Choapam, San Jose Chiltepec Tuxtepec, Oaxaca Mexico with no legal documents to enter or reside in the United States.
CBP officers arrested the driver for alleged violations of immigration law. The three-year-old child was returned to his mother in Mexico.
"This alleged smuggling attempt of a child was stopped by an alert CBP officer at our Hidalgo International Bridge. The training our CBP officers receive on a regular basis has once again proven to be extremely important to CBP' mission of preventing these types of smuggling attempts," said Efrain Solis, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.